Folkworks Tutors Take A Trip Back in Time!
By Amy Connell and Amy Leach
Our first Pass it On – The Tradition in Your Hands training session took place on Tuesday 13th September. This Heritage Lottery Fund project gave our Folkworks Tuesday Project Musicians the opportunity to learn more about archives and collections held at Beamish Museum. Folkworks Creative Apprentice Amy Connell took part too – here is her blog!
On Tuesday 13th September, some of the Folkworks Tuesday staff went on a trip to Beamish Museum to search through their archives and libraries looking for lost tunes to bring back to life.
We were met by three wonderful workers at The Regional Resource Centre at Beamish Museum, who took us on a tour of the amazing archives they have on site. The archives had everything from recordings of old radio broadcasts, to hand written song books dating back to the 18th century. The ceiling-high shelves were packed with song books, manuscripts, poems and tunes that can be used by all of the tutors.
After searching through the archives, we sat down for a small bite to eat, we were provided with fresh sandwiches, homemade scones and biscuits with tea and coffee made in the bakery at the museum that day.
Once our stomachs were full, we gathered in the Collections Study Room to have a closer look at some of the tunes and songs that Beamish Museum had picked out for us. There was a wide collection of original hand written songs alongside poems and nursery rhymes, some familiar to the tutors, some that have perhaps been lost in time.
The session ended with Johnny Handle talking us through what he has found within the collections at Beamish and he told us about the opportunities we can now have to use these archives and collections to breathe a breath of live into some of these tunes, through the Pass It On – Tradition in Your Hands Project.